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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Aug 25, 2006 2:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: IKO when it was special

I agree about post '83 Aiko's. I also agree with Uncle John, Bobby was, by far the worse offender when it came to "rotation wear", Remember the 12 straight nights of Throwing Stones when it first came out in '82?? Jerry had Touch come out the same time and "only" played it every 2-3 shows at that time. It seems that Jerry had a much wider repertoire to draw from, in any 3 show run you more likely to hear Bobby repeats than Jerry's.

As for favorite Aiko moments. One of my favorites, as I have mentioned before here, is the Playin > Aiko from 8/1/82, a real nice Birthday, slow 10 minute version. The version out of drums from Iowa City from the same tour, 8/10, is also special. Another personal favorite is the New Year's 81-82 version after the countdown, a raucous celebration of Jerry's wedding and the new year.
I also love the accoustic versions from 10/2,7 & 26/80, interestingly enough, while they performed it at the Warfield and Radio City shows, they did not break it out at the Saenger in New Orleans which occurred between them.

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Aug 25, 2006 6:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: IKO when it was special

There is an 'Iko-Iko' from Hampton '86 that i seem to recall getting into, but can't recall the date and too lazy to check my archived shows. I believe the show also had a 'Box of Rain.'

Yes, Weir would wear them out, to the point that i was like, oh sh*t not again. And never liked Mexicali or El Paso, though i won't go so far as to say that i couldn't be convinced there's some pretty decent versions out there. If you know of one, let me know and i'll give a listen.

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Aug 25, 2006 6:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: IKO when it was special

i agree that Weir could wear some tunes out - but so could jerry ie black peter, stella, etc. I'm not sure i agree with the "specialness" of iko. Scarlet Fire, Playin, Estimted, Eyes, Other One etc were played every 4 shows or so, so why not Iko - good song. The only "special" song in the latter years, in my humble opinion, was dark star. Iko should have been a regular every 4 show song just like those others. Iko is a great concert song and always got me moving - even the mediocre ones.

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Aug 25, 2006 6:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: IKO when it was special

Sort of like It's All Over Now, which i always loved to hear, because it was such an energetic tune, even if it did always remind me of Baby Blue (in name only of course), one of the more special Jerry Ballads, via Dylan.

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Poster: jhender501 Date: Aug 25, 2006 8:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: IKO when it was special

re:unclejohnnyd

Yes, Phil in that show (7-2-88) was wonderful. All in all, a great show to see after a long hiatus..and a great scene that day to boot.



Jim

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Aug 25, 2006 8:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: IKO when it was special

agreed - was at that show and it was just philomenal!!! great times

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Poster: sydthecat Date: Aug 25, 2006 9:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: IKO when it was special

I'll never forget the Iko that opened the Laguna show on 7/29/88. What a great show and what a fun Iko. They were playing it as we entered and I remember dancing across the hill and within minutes running into one of my best friends from Toronto! Now really, what are the odds?

Also love that Iko from Mew Year's '87 with the Nevilles. Also remember booking to make sure we caught the BART train back to SF and hearing the Knockin' all across the parking lot from car radios and beatboxes to the station where I heard the close on my Walkman.

Yes. They called it a SONY WAlkman and you put this thing called a tape in and...it was called analog sound.

Anyway. Frequency doesn't mean it ain't special. I saw Race is On once. Right place. Right time (Derby week-end). But really...you know?

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Poster: Liamfinnegan Date: Aug 25, 2006 10:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: IKO when it was special

Another "late Iko" 2nd song in a show that turned out to be quite special- 7/7/89- one of my fav sc-fires that day as well as a mindblowing Blow Away to end set one- including extra verses that Brent threw in while the others smiled and played on- and yes, a cosmic wind did blow through old JFK stadium that day when Brent asked us for it

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Poster: sydthecat Date: Aug 26, 2006 9:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: IKO when it was special

Oh that's a superb show!! I've had that tape for years.
Beyond what you've already mentioned Liam, is a fantastic Lovelight where the band does the old-fashioned call and response moment that they used to do in the Pigpen versions. It knocked me out. I just knew how good a time they were all having when I heard that. Love the SOTM before Drums too and that was the first time I heard a really heartfelt solo on that song. SOTM bloomed on this tour.

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Aug 25, 2006 9:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: IKO when it was special

never heard Race in On live in person - one of my personal favorites though - just never hit the show right to catch that one. lucky bastard :)

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Poster: sydthecat Date: Aug 25, 2006 9:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: IKO when it was special

Cal Expo '91.

I was actually more stoked when I saw my first BIODTL at Copps Coliseum '90. I literally jumped about five feet into the air. My friend beside me who had come to check out this "Dead thing" looked about as perplexed as one can possibly look.

I did the same thing when they played Quinn in Seattle '95 and got the same reaction from a young girl beside me.

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